One of the most dramatic pieces of the $10 million expansion to the Oklahoma City National Memorial& Museum is an old, faded yellow car so worn out and rough looking that one owner called it a “roach mobile.”
The last owner of the 1977 Mercury Marquis paid $300 for it.
That last owner was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy James McVeigh and the Marquis is his infamous getaway car. An alert state trooper noticed the car had no license tag and pulled McVeigh over along Interstate 35 north of Oklahoma City 75 minutes after the explosion.
The rest is history.
The Museum recently opened new wings dedicated to the story of how McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols were brought to justice. The new wings focus on the investigators, prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys behind the justice process as well as the key evidence and witnesses.
“The Memorial Museum now includes hundreds of new artifacts, oral histories and new technologies that allow us to tell the story in a way that will engage visitors, especially young people, like never before,” said Kari Watkins, executive director. “A trip to the renovated Museum is like a new experience, even for repeat guests.”
One of the most moving new spots in the Museum is an overlook of the Memorial grounds. Here, visitors almost always become silent as they gaze at the Field of Empty Chairs where the Murrah Building once stood and where 168 people lost their lives.
All the renovations were completed in time for the 20th anniversary of the bombing.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is at 620 North Harvey Avenue. The Memorial is open around the clock. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The last ticket to the Museum is sold at 5 p.m. seven days a week. Ror more information call 405-235-3313 or visit www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.
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